Well We Are Snowed In Folks, Stuck For The Duration Of The Blizzard of 2016 - What Do You Do? Organize, Read, Stare Lovingly Into Your Partners Eyes Discussing All Your Feelings........ Ummmm NO - We Cook!
Easy Black Bean Soup
This is something that most can whip up and should have in ingredients their pantry:
You Will Need:
2 Cans Black Beans I like Goya or an organic brand
3 cloves of garlic chopped ( more to taste - we love garlic!)
1/4 - 1/2 tea crushed red pepper flakes
Base for almost all my soups - A Mirepoix Seriouseats.com about-mirepoix
2 small / med carrots rough chopped
2 stalks of celery1/2 med white onion (save some for garnish)
Lime - at end for garnish
Lg handful of fresh Clilantro - washed stems removed and chopped - set aside for garnish
1/2 cube Vegetable Bouillon (keep veggie, chicken or beef bouillons on hand in fridge for cooking esp. if you don't have stock or broth just add water and your set - these are highly overlooked - don't tell me I'm sure loaded with bad things.... but work out pretty good for me all these years n a pinch or just added flavor)
Saute the "mirepoix" with S&P (light on Salt - the bouillon will be your salt - promise you can always add more at the end or I prefer each person salt their own - Tabasco replace that for me too)
Turn heat to med/low add garlic & red pepper flakes (DON'T BURN YOUR GARLIC!)
Add 2 cans beans - un drained - sauté 2-3 min. just don't burn - slight boil
Add water (fill soup / spaghetti pot almost 2/3 way up - use filtered water if possible)
Crumble or chop your Bouillon add & Stir - bring heat to med - high and boil 5 min
If you are having meat add chopped raw bacon or ham for flavor and remember this will give you more salt.
Boil uncovered 5 min. Add more H2O if needed reduce heat cover and simmer for 30 - 45 min. Stirring occasionally
(towards longer side if your adding bacon)
*This cooks pretty fast and with in an hour you are ready
Serve topped w/raw onion or green onion, fresh cilantro, a squeeze of lime - maybe some sour cream as well if dairy is in your diet & dash or two or three - LOL of Tabasco.
Voila: You have a great meal that will carry you over for days or feed a crowd - is inexpensive, quick and filling. *Oh Yeah I have found these black bean sprouted crackers that taste like corn chips I am just crazy for. Seriously DLISH!
Day 2 it's even better - I ate this for breakfast topped with a fried egg, cilantro and my fave.... Tabasco of course!